That morning, for the first time in its 43-year history the region’s largest and most enduring annual economic development event will throw open the doors to a second building, increasing the venue space by nearly 18,000 square feet, and clearing a path for growth.
Al Hoffman, president of the Antelope Valley Board of Trade, which plans and manages the conference as its single largest project, said the decision to expand conference activity beyond the 28,155-sq-ft H.W. Hunter Pavilion, by adding the adjacent Van Dam Pavilion, was dictated by growing demand in several areas.
He explained, “Our conference theme this year, Made in the Antelope Valley, drew a tremendous response from companies and groups interested in displaying what they make. That need, plus growing exhibitor demand the past few years, provided us the opportunity to do what we’ve been moving toward – improving the entire Business Outlook Conference experience for everyone.”
Josh Mann. 2015 Business Outlook Conference Committee chairman, said having additional space available gives planners the flexibility to offer attendees more of what they want from the conference, based on comment cards and post-event conversations. He said, “We know attendees would like more time to network with one another and visit with the exhibitors. And we also know attendees want more legroom and freedom of mobility through the day. We believe our guests will find the new flexibility very rewarding.”
In the newly configured 2015 AV Business Outlook Conference, attendees will check-in at the Van Dam Pavilion and then enter through an exhibit area where breakfast will be offered, along with the chance to have a souvenir picture taken in front of a green screen. In keeping with the theme, displays and exhibits of things “Made in the Antelope Valley,” will be placed inside and between both buildings.
The lunch buffet will also be in the exhibit area, as well as the all-new networking reception after the conference, hosted by Friends of the Fair.